Affidavit: Another man arrested in connection to Evansville drug investigation

Affidavit: Another man arrested in connection to Evansville drug investigation
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 8:37 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 9:09 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Another arrest has been made in connection to a large drug investigation into bars along Franklin Street in Evansville.

At the end of June, 14 News reported about a drug bust in Evansville, where 12 people were arrested for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine charges.

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Detectives say they watched the parking lots at Sportsmans and Lamasco as a part of their investigation.

Detectives believe they watched several drug deals happen in those parking lots.

They say that led them to investigate Joseph Franks.

In June, detectives say they received more information from an informant that Franks was dealing in controlled substances.

According to the affidavit, they also received tips that he was buying cocaine from the “main source” on Franklin Street to distribute it.

Authorities were also told he would have cocaine shipped or went to pick it up in Louisville to sell in Evansville.

Detectives say they set up a controlled buy from Franks.

They say he sold an informant over 28 grams of psilocybin on one occasion.

On Thursday, investigators received a search warrant for Franks’ apartment in the 300 block of Southeast Second Street.

An affidavit states they found a large amount of psilocybin, LSD and over $4,500 in cash.

They say they also found pills, a small amount of cocaine, some marijuana and multiple digital scales.

Franks was found coming out of Lamaso Thursday and was later arrested after getting a ride from an Uber.

He’s facing a dealing charge.

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